Check out this panel. I mentioned in my last post that I decided to try acrylic gold paint with the same technique for the Faux Mother of Pearl look. I used my 'Silks' gold paints that are wonderful and creamy. I put a small amount on my craft mat then did the same technique as with the opal white. Pouncing with scrunched up glad wrap. It goes on so beautifully and as its gold colour you can see where its gone on so you don't over do it.
I blended with orange and yellow Distress Inks for this panel.
In this instance I have used a Papertrey Inks die that I bought and have barely used. But love it here, its just perfect.
This was a purchase I should have learnt from, read what size the die is so you know what your getting. I thought it looked wonderful, had seen it on a card but hadn't realised the card was a small one that made the die look bigger. I was expecting a panel that would be the main part of the front of the card. Not that they had misrepresented, it was my error not checking.
The piece that you die cut is the gold area, I cut twice, once with gold and once with the pearlised panel then I carefully kept all the itty bitty pieces so I could put them all into the cut sections cause I think it looks brilliant like that. Then of course I had to turn it over and tape all the pieces in place.
I have made this a smaller card so the panel can be the main feature, Also added the 'thanks' die from Penny Black which I just love. Its small and flows and looks so delicate and elegant.
I needed something for the centre of my frame and tried butterflies big and small and miniature and then flowers. W
asn't working for me, then I used a flower die from Memory Box and the flower here is the small one on a two flower stem. I swapped it around by cutting off the main flower and adding the smaller flower again connected at the twisted stem that was already there. Used a small piece that was from one of the curves as a leaf . Its not perfect but I think it really works here.
It was great to be able to use a die that I just had to have, from the day I saw it released, and yet have hardly used.
I did learn a lesson from that, rather than buy on the impulse of one card seen, sometimes its worth waiting to see how many more ways it can be used. How often do we get caught up in the fever of a release (and I have done that even more with stamps) yet when we got it we cant seem to see beyond whats in front of us?
How many times have you taken out a stamp or a die and typed it into Image Google to see what others are doing with it to find that other than the release time very little is available?
What I do love to see is companies that spend time also going back over their older stock getting their Design Teams to highlight these items as well. Also like when I can go to a company and see plenty of samples. A pet hate is going to some companies and finding their samples are so small you can barely see them but lets not get onto that subject..
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